Plunket is welcoming the child hardship package of $790 million over four years in today’s budget as a step forward in helping children in New Zealand’s poorest families. As part of the government’s ‘child hardship package’, as of 1 April 2016 beneficiaries with children will receive $25 a week more. Families not on a benefit on a low income will receive up to $12.
Plunket today expressed its concern over a new UNICEF report which finds the child poverty rate in New Zealand has reduced by just 0. 4 per cent since 2008. The report also finds the proportion of New Zealanders who state they don’t have enough money to buy food for themselves or their family has increased from 9% in 2007 to 14% in 2013.